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La Citadelle de Quebec

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Neighbourhood: Downtown Quebec City
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Address: 1, Cote de la Citadelle | Cap-Diamant, Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4V7, Canada
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The Citadelle, National Historic Site, is located on Cape Diamant. The...

The Citadelle, National Historic Site, is located on Cape Diamant. The star-shaped layout is characteristic of Vauban fortifications. Construction began in 1820 and ended in 1850. Its walls enclose 300 years of military history in Quebec City spanning the French, British and Canadian periods. The Citadelle is an active military garrison. Guided tours of the site and the Royal 22e Regiment Museum, open year-round. Ceremony and changing of the Guard in summer. Night tours in summer and fall season. 2014: A new permanent exhibition "Je me souviens" "Je me souviens" relates the 100-year-long epic of the Royal 22e Regiment, the Canadian Forces' sole French-language regular force infantry regiment. Find out about the lives of the French-speaking soldiers who have served in its ranks, from 1914 to the missions in Afghanistan. Audiences will enjoy an interactive experience exploring the built heritage of the fortress and the regiment's history through interviews, video archives, and interactive maps of battles.

Special exhibition Fighting in Flanders – Gas. Mud. Memory.

This exhibition uses wartime artifacts, art, personal stories, photographs, archival materials, audiovisual presentations and more to relate the harrowing experiences of Canadian troops who fought in some of the worst battles of the First World War.

They fought through poison gas in the Second Battle of Ypres, and struggled through a sea of mud to take Passchendaele ridge. This enlightening, content-rich exhibition also highlights Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae’s iconic poem In Flanders Fields, and explores how Canadians and Belgians have continued to remember and commemorate the First World War over the past century.

Fighting in Flanders – Gas. Mud. Memory. was developed by the Canadian War Museum in partnership with the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 in Belgium, and with the generous support of the E. W. Bickle Foundation. The exhibition is supported by National Presenting Sponsor VISITFLANDERS.

The access to the exhibition is included in the general fee (Citadelle+museum).

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It was a gorgeous day, and we had a lovely young woman as our tour guide. She had a terrific sense of humor and ties to the Citadelle through family, and had great stories to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Cornwall, Connecticut
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a gorgeous day, and we had a lovely young woman as our tour guide. She had a terrific sense of humor and ties to the Citadelle through family, and had great stories to tell. An interesting place, full of history and clearly a place of national pride, well deserved. Definitely go with a tour guide, it makes a... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took a tour of the citadelle and lucked out with a fantastic guide! Mary-Michelle was a wealth of information and very personable! I had no idea how much history the citadelle had and that it is still an active garrison. When we went we were lucky enough to see some soldiers practicing for the 100th anniversary parade for Vimy that... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I got there just in time for a tour (though they're pretty regular) and it was just me and a nice American couple. Our guide was called Anna and she was so nice! She knew a lot and answered all of our questions (and between us we had a lot- including why the cannon is called Rachel) and was really... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There's a walking tour of the grounds and an indoor museum of the regiment's history. Both are interesting. Plenty of weapons to get close to, buildings to tour, and memoribilia to see. The high ground offers unique views of the city​. Indoor museum contains over 100 years of the regiment's history including artifacts from WWI through Afghanistan campaigns​.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was an hour walking tour. Apparently in the summer there is a changing of the guard around 10 am that is very cool. No such luck in the winter but was interesting and informative.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a fun and very interesting visit. If you are any kind of history or military buff, or just interested in Quebec City features, this is a must. I've been visiting Quebec for years, but had no idea how extensive the Citadel is, let alone how attractive the old stone buildings are. We had a good guide and a... More 

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We are happy you enjoyed your tour at the Citadelle! We thank you for your visit and for sharing your comment with us, we will take it into account. More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you visit Quebec, then you have to visit the changing of the guard al La Citadelle! You need to arrive at least a half an hour before it starts so you can have a chance to explore a bit and also to find yourself a good spot to watch the ceremony. It is a good experience for everybody and... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were very pleased by our visit to the Citadel. We had one very knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide and another guide in training who was also lovely. They provided us with lots of interesting information about the history of the Citadel. Also having a view of the city at the end was fantastic. For those who may not wish... More 

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Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

They have parades and lots to see if you enjoy old buildings and old equipment every where, including canons on turrets.

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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

This was really good to see. You have to take a tour as it's an active army base for the 22nd French Canadian regiment. The tour guides grandfather was a serving member and the trainee tour guides husband was is a current serving soldier so they both had an interest in the base and this showed through the tour. They... More 

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